Monogram originally released their F-117A in 1991, then reboxed it under their ProModeler label in 1995. The main difference being the addition of the weapons bay. I don’t remember when I acquired this kit, but it is safe to say that it has languished in the stash for a very long time. Due to its age the kit suffers from a number of inaccuracies, poor detail, and a lot of fit issues.
When I dusted off the box and decided to build this kit, I thought it was going to be a quick build. After looking it over I chose to improve what I could and live with the rest. I spent most of my time on the cockpit. It was undersized and the detail, what there was, was soft, making painting difficult. I started by purchasing the Quinta Studios 3D printed decal set.
It is designed to fit the Tamiya kit which is a much better option if you want to build a F-117. I started by enlarging the cockpit tub.
The last photo shows the tub test fitted in place. I was concerned that it would interfere with the nose gear bay and the fit of the upper and lower fuselage halves. Luckily it did not. The next photo shows the side panel decals installed, a big improvement.
The biggest challenge for me was the instrument panel. I started by downloading and printing a page from the Tamiya kit’s instruction sheet that showed the panel. It needed to be sized to fit the Monogram cockpit and I had some help from my son in doing that. He’s more computer savvy than I am. The next photo shows my template and the original part.
I used the template to cut a panel from sheet plastic. Some raised detail needed to added to it before starting to apply the 3D decals.
In the next photo you see the difference between the finished panel and the original part.
When I test fitted the paper template to the cockpit, I realized I needed to build up the cockpit coaming as well.
This last photo shows the panel installed, and the base for the HUD added to it.
I also corrected the control column to make it more acurate.
Well, that’s all for now. More to come. Thanks for looking.